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RATINGS: 2382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A delicious, dark-colored, medium-bodied ale made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavor.
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Beginning Gravity: 14.5 Plato
Finishing Hops: Willamette
Ending Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Malts: Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Very dark porter with a nice tan head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, and hops. Flavor is good, and not overpowering in any direction. Notes of chocolate, roasty coffee and chicory, and some hoppy bitterness, all well balanced. Not awesome like Anchor Porter, but good and satisfying, not too sweet, and not too dry. An enjoyable brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Black like tar, with only slight redness. The head is dark as well. The aroma is dank, pleasantly mold, sweetish, and slightly burnt. The taste is burnt crepe, coffee. A very neutral, not too sweet, not too sour, with a lingering smoky afteraste. A bit thin for a porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Light anise aroma. Flavour is well balanced, some sweet malt, toasted malt, chicory. Fairly dry finish. Okay, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Decent roasty/chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel with nice notes of mocha and coffee. Good mass produced porter.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Poured dark brown with a hint of ruby. A thin bubbly tan head which disappeared quickly. No noticable aroma. A balance taste, dark, somewhat hoppy, but mixed with a chocolate sweetness. Light feel in the mouth - somewhat bubbly. Maybe too light for a porter, but enjoyable nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Odd aroma. Hoppy, but with a touch of chocolate and roast. Pours a very deep brownish ruby, lighter than most other porters. The taste is mostly roasted chocolate with some mocha hints. And overlying all of it (and emerging fully in aftertaste, especially on the back of the tongue), is that crisp hops taste that all SN beers have. Like the stout, it’s a more bitter version of a standard beer, and quite original. Yummm.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
Pitch black colour with a small light brown head. Malty aroma with coffee and chocolate notes along a hoppy touch. Roasted malty flavor with some dark fruit and a hoppy bitterness. Finish is not as thick as I would have liked.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3893) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pour is a dark black with no head. Aroma is of dark chocolate malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is lots of roastedness going on. Malts aplenty with the right amount of hops. The only downfall is that there is not much body to this as it is kind of watery in the end. Still a decent attempt and another good showing by Sierra Nevada.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (24601) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2005
Bottled. Black opaque or very dark brown, small brown foamy head. Sweet licoracy and bitter citric aroma. Flavour is a mix of plum, caramel, grapefruit (citric). Aftertaste is kind of ryebreadish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
Darker than other porters I’ve had. Poured with no head... a little disappointing. Smokey flavor and hops are balanced well though. A pretty decent porter. Very enjoyable.


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